Theoretical Foundation of a Research

TheoreticalFoundation of a Research

TheoreticalFoundation of a Research

Atheoretical foundation is an overall structure of a study. It helpsthe researcher to create a plan that he or she will follow to achievedesired results. It ensures that the results acquired from a giveninvestigation are accurate since a predetermined procedure preventsthe experimenter from testing unprecedented requirements (Grant&ampOsanloo, 2014).

Grantand Osanloo (2014) compare the theoretical foundation to a “blueprintfor constructing a house” to doctoral students as it definesempirical criteria for creating a theory of the dissertation that iswell understood, suitable, logically explained and that matches thequestion being investigated. Consequently, I agree with theresearchers who argue that determining a theoretical foundation for astudy is the most challenging part when writing a dissertation(Grant&amp Osanloo, 2014).

Justlike in a practical house construction process, the architect ischarged with the most challenging part of combining ideas to come upwith a valid structure, a researcher needs to brainstorm the ideasand concepts in a given field to lay the framework for the research.Once the steps and the information to be tested become clear, itbecomes easy to complete the research since the researcher now needsto follow the defined steps (Grant &amp Osanloo, 2014).

Forthe purpose of this study, the research will apply the family systemstheory. The model asserts that an investigator would need to analyzethe behaviors of an entire society, instead of individuals, for himor her to understand the cause of specific behaviors. For example,the researcher will need to investigate the overall characteristicsof the African Americans to understand their economic status as wellas their financial literacy level.The family system theoreticalmodel will help the researcher to compare the relationship betweenthe job turnover rates among black males and their education level. The level of education is one of the factors that determine one’semployability. Similarly, ethnicity can also influence theprobability of an individual being employed in the long term.Harnisch (2010) asserts that the job turnover rates of the blackAmericans with little or no financial literacy is higher compared totheir white counterparts. Subsequently, the family system modeloffers an excellent platform to compare the job turnover rates of theAfrican Americans as compared to the white workers. The theoryadvocates the need of deriving results through analysis of datagathered from a group of target people instead of individuals. Thismodel enhances research accuracy through since the results are drawnfrom evaluation of data acquired from many independent sources.


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